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Windmill Hill on Wembley trail!

20 January 2022


Windmill Hill on Wembley trail!

20 January 2022

Children from Windmill Hill Primary School in Sheffield will represent the Owls in a prestigious national football competition.

The Utilita Kids Cup will be contested at Wembley ahead of the League One play-off final in May and Windmill Hill are just one step away after winning the local stages.

Each season, 72 EFL clubs run a tournament for their local schools, with the winners earning the chance to represent their club through various national stages en route to the capital.

The 72 winning schools are split into three divisions, in line with league status, before being split into northern and southern groups. The winners of each of the northern and southern regional finals then qualify to play at the national stadium before their respective play-off final.

This year, around 14,000 children aged under 11 are estimated to have taken part.


Marcus Brameld, Head of Community at Hillsborough, said: “To reach this stage the children have already won Sheffield Wednesday’s local competition held at St George’s Park, Thorncliffe, and they are now a step away from a once in a lifetime experience of playing at Wembley.

“It will be a fantastic experience for the winners and we wish Windmill Hill the best of luck.”

Twelve teams entered the tournament with Windmill Hill topping their group and going on to win the competition undefeated.  

Both the Utilita Kids Cup and its sister competition the Utilita Girls Cup are six-a-side competitions which are inspiring children to be active, healthy and develop a strong sense of teamwork.

Ben Wright, Chief Commercial Officer of the EFL, added: “The positive impact of EFL clubs in their communities goes far beyond 90 minutes on the pitch and the Utilita Kids and Girls Cup is testament to that.

“EFL Clubs are in the heart of their communities and with 80% of people in England and Wales living within a 15-mile area of an EFL Club, they have the platform to inspire and make real positive and lasting change in society.”

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